February 2024 at Nottingham Playhouse until March 9th.
5*****

I’m fortunate to have experienced a lot of theatre in my life, but I’ve never seen anything
like Minority Report. It’s ambitious, new and its already pretty iconic. Bringing the sci-fi
genre to the stage in a powerful and exciting event that really reminds you what theatre
can and should do. Make you think and break down boundaries.

As the plot races urgently in real-time through London in 2050, our leading lady,
neuroscientist Dame Julia Anderton (a very impressive and memorable Jodie McNee), is
somewhat awkwardly and shockingly found to be guilty of Pre-Crime. In the futuristic
society we are living in here, this means you’ve been predicted (via a supposedly infallible
system) to be guilty of going to commit a crime and will be detained ahead of committing
it.

The shock of this is that Julia is the CEO of the company that built the system to eradicate
crime, like I say it’s all a bit awkward. She runs the company with her husband Sir George
(a fabulous performance by Nick Fletcher) – the man who created the computer
programming that runs the advanced system.

Following the Pre-Crime prediction, we go on the run with Julia as she tries to escape what
she built, as she and many that surround her are in disbelief that she’s been accused and
start asking more questions to gain some valuable answers.

The talented David Haig has adapted the 1950s novel by Phillip K. Dick and you may be
aware of the Hollywood blockbuster made famous by Tom Cruise and Nottingham’s very
own Samantha Morton. This is a very different version. Minority Report is full of break-neck
performances, honestly the acting is first class from everyone and features some very
memorable performances.

“Minority Report – it’s ambitious, new and it’s already pretty iconic! – See it
soon!”

I’d say make time to see this show because of the set as you’ve never seen anything like
it! It’s futuristic, smart and fast. With sets and spaces that scroll across the stage and rise
and fall with speed and precision. One minute you’re in a sped up car chase and the next
inside an AI operated modern office.

The costuming is another thing to admire as it depicts futuristic society with angular
designs and practical clothing, above fashion for the majority of the cast, with designs that
compliment the ultra-modern society that’s been created here.

Unexpected humour appears throughout the script as the writers take some liberties with
jokes about AI and things we live with today and the highlight of the whole show for me
was the stunning visual effects.

Minority Report is a very important piece of theatre for the modern age. In a world where
the arts are tragically facing yet more cuts, the fact that Nottingham Playhouse,
Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre have joined together to
collaborate is fantastic. It’s becoming common in theatre to see smaller casts, with actors
taking on multiple roles and stripped back sets, relying predominantly on projections to act
as scene transitions and backdrops.

Here it’s entirely the opposite, in the most tech-based show I’ve ever seen!
It would be easy for this show to lose its humanity and focus purely on the tech but
instead it incorporates implanted chips and advanced sassy AI systems and chatbots,
(Tanvi Virmani as an opinionated yet helpful AI companion David was my favourite
performance in the show) into one of the most cinematic theatre performances I’ve seen.

Whilst also raising several questions over philosophical issues surrounding free will. What
will it take to create a crime free world? Are the potential risks worth it? And ultimately,
how much trust should we place in technology?

AVG